Fall through spring, popular tours of the caverns lead visitors through the sparkling stalagmite and stalactite formations that hang from cave ceilings and walls.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Mitchell Caverns

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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  • The best way to escape the heat of the Mojave is to take an underground tour of Mitchell Caverns, where the temperature is a steady 65 degrees year-round. The caverns' intricate limestone formations include stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, draperies, cavern coral, and flowstone. Tours are limited to 25 people and advance reservations are advised. The tour involves a 1.5-mile walk.
  • Camping is available at the park's developed campground. The Mary Beale Nature Trail leads from the camp and the park visitor center. A more strenuous trail leads one mile uphill to Crystal Springs and shows off a wide variety of high-desert vegetation, including barrel cactus, mormon tea, cresote, blue sage, pinyon pines, and junipers. Bighorn sheep are sometimes spotted near Crystal Springs.

Eastern Mojave Desert off of Interstate 40
P.O. Box 1
Essex, California 92332
Parking: Call the park
Price: Adults $5, children under 16 $2

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-928-2586
Price Information: Adults $5, children under 16 $2
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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